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The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

Teenager sentenced for killing soldier

A teenager who killed a soldier just days before he was returning home to his family for Christmas was detained for two and half years today.

All 602 drivers pass random breath test

Police said today that they were "heartened" after an operation to catch drink-drivers saw more than 600 breath-tested without a single motorist being over the limit.

Non-emergency telephone number 111 being trialled

A new non-emergency phone number for people needing medical care is being trialled.

Southern Cross warns on profits as cuts hit care home spending

The care homes operator Southern Cross Healthcare issued its second profits warning in six months yesterday as it blamed government spending cuts for what it expects to be a tough second half of the year.

Labour Party 'divided and weak', say voters

The challenge facing Labour's next leader is laid bare in a poll published today, showing that disillusioned former voters view the party as weak, divided, out-of-touch and old-fashioned.

Pair cleared of machete attack on fighter

Two men have been cleared of hacking a bare-knuckle fighter known as the "King of the Gypsies" with machetes.

Northgate drives back into the black by £9.6m

The commercial van hire company Northgate said it had swung back into the black after cracking down on costs and obtaining higher prices for its second-hand vehicles.

Boys remanded over churchyard murder

Two 15-year-old boys charged with murdering a homeless man in a churchyard were remanded into secure accommodation today.

Ex-solicitor general Vera Baird given six-month driving ban

A former solicitor general who sped down a motorway at almost 100mph was banned from driving for six months today.

Davey takes over at Hereford

Simon Davey has been unveiled as Hereford's new manager, just six days after his shock resignation at Darlington.

Oldham part company with manager Penney

Oldham have parted company with manager Dave Penney following the club's dismal League One campaign.

Barnet sack manager Hendon

Barnet have terminated the contract of manager Ian Hendon with immediate effect.

Prescribe heroin to addicts on the NHS, says nursing leader

The leader of Britain's nurses gave his personal backing for schemes to provide heroin to drug addicts on the NHS yesterday.

Outside the Box: Wembley farce means life's a pitch for Vase finalists

Pity the finalists in the FA Vase (Whitley Bay and Wroxham), the Blue Square play-offs and the League Two play-offs. They are the unfortunates who must play the biggest match of their season (or their history) on Wembley's horrible pitch the day after an even more important fixture has taken place; namely the FA Trophy final, FA Cup final and League One play-off. And all that within the space of three weeks. Even England have to play their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Mexico two days after the Championship play-off final.

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